While I was in prison I had a lot of “free time”. I didn’t have a whole lot of options as to what I could do with it. We had a TV that was shared between everyone in the dorm/cell block depending on the prison I was at. There were cards and homemade board games I could play. Most of the time I chose to read the Bible. Sure there were other books to read but I chose the Bible. I was hungry, hungry for His Word. It seemed as if I could never get enough of it. I also chose to fellowship with others that were in the Word as well. We would spend hours talking about what we had read and how it may apply to us.
Almost four yours ago when we turned back to Jesus I found myself a similar situation. I was always reading. As if I couldn’t get enough. Like I was starving for truth. I would spend hours at night after everyone had long been asleep just reading and feasting on His Word. I would then talk to anyone who would listen about what I had read and what God was showing me.
Somewhere along the way I had gotten away from it. If I were to be honest I might read a few chapters a week. Usually only looking for something specific. I have, for some reason or another, gotten away from the “feasting” on His Word.
While some might think it’s not that big of a deal, it’s bigger than you think. While some have never even taken the time to read more than a few verses, it’s a very big deal. Jesus was led away by the Spirit into the wilderness and tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13). He didn’t beat or overcome the temptation on His own; He did it with the Word of God. He quoted God’s Word to the devil.
OK so that was Jesus and we’re not Jesus right. So let’s look at what Paul tells us in Ephesians 6. In Ephesians 6:10-18 Paul tells us what is needed to fight this fight. Of all the parts of the Armor of God there’s just one that is offensive. Look at what verse 17 reads “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”. God’s Word is our only offensive weapon. How can you use a weapon you’re not familiar with, or even worse, don’t know at all? You can’t. And that’s exactly what the enemy wants. The enemy wants to distract us from reading (feasting) on God’s Word because it makes us less of a threat. Without God’s Word planted in us we don’t have the correct weapon to fight this fight. It’s not us and our strength that can win. It’s only God’s. Jesus knew this when He was tempted, He knew the only way to defeat the enemy was by using the Word of God.
As for me, starting today, I am back to feasting on God’s Word. No more excuses. So I ask the same question to you that was asked to me: “how much time are you spending in God’s Word?” It’s something we should all evaluate and make the necessary changes. We will lose the battle every time if God’s Word isn’t planted in us daily.
We are always here and available if you need help or guidance. Be blessed and remember that our strength as Christ followers comes from Jesus not ourselves.
In Christ alone